Hugh Herr at TED 2014: Defeating Disability with Bionics

Hugh Herr, head of the Lab's Biomechatronics research group, spoke at TED 2014 on March 19 about his group's work in creating bionic prosthetic limbs, and their goal to eliminate human disability through technology. To conclude his talk, he spoke about working with Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a professional ballroom dancer who lost part of her leg in the attack. The group has spent the past 200 days developing a new prosthetic limb for Adrianne that would allow her to dance again. At the end of the talk, Adrianne took to the stage with a partner and danced a rumba on her new leg—her first onstage performance since the attack.

Press coverage includes:

The Boston Globe
TED Blog
Q&A with Hugh Herr and TED
BBC News
The Globe and Mail
Boston Herald

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James Duncan Davidson